This page will be updated with local events of interest to our members. Additionally, many Alliance Française chapters are sharing their online events with other chapters, and these events are also listed. Check this page regularly, as events are frequently added.


Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times
Through January 11, 2021
Mississippi Museum of Art

Offering 74 works by 19th- and 20th-century masters, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts showcases French Impressionist paintings, along with masterpieces from every important school of French art—from Romanticism to the School of Paris. Taken together, these works exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original collecting strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection of French art. The exhibition includes works by Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent van Gogh.

Visit the Mississippi Museum of Art website for more information about the exhibition and to order tickets.


French Express Conversation Group
Every Thursday through December 31
12:30pm Pacific/2:30pm Central

Hosted by Alliance Française Silicon Valley
En français

Advanced level conversation in French. A Bring Your Own Lunch (online) event for fun French conversation practice. Free and open to the public. Email or text 408-445-2095 for instructions to connect.


Virtual Screening – De Gaulle
Through Thursday, October 22, 2020
(Film will be available for viewing for five days after purchasing pass)

Hosted by French Institute Alliance Française
In French, English, and Italian with English subtitles

Dir. Gabriel le Bomin, 2020, 108 min
With Lambert Wilson, Isabelle Carré, Olivier Gourmet, Gilles Cohen

May 1940. As the war intensifies, German forces launch their invasion of France. They will soon reach Paris as the French army crumbles underneath unrelenting Luftwaffe and Panzer attacks. Once unthinkable, the prospect of defeat has caused panic within the French government. One man, Charles de Gaulle, a newly minted general, refuses to surrender. As his wife, Yvonne, and three children flee the city, he leaves for London where he’ll give rise to another voice—that of “la Résistance.”

This film is available via streaming for $12. Click here to register.


The Lebanese Diaspora
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. Central
Hosted by Alliance Française de Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

Estimates of the size of the Lebanese diaspora vary wildly but the most reliable statistics from the Lebanese government put the figure at 15.4 million, far outstripping the internal population of Lebanon, which is about 6 million. What drove so many Lebanese to make their lives elsewhere? When and where did they emigrate? Who were they and who are they today? In this presentation, Dr. Akram Khater will retrace the jagged and uncertain paths that his fellow country men and women carved through time and space in their attempts to control their destinies. Professor Akram Khater is University Faculty Scholar and Professor of History, at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.

This event is free and open to the public and is in English. Click here to register.

Tour de la Francophonie: La Bretagne
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 5:30 p.m. Central
Hosted Alliance Française de Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill

Join Prof. Gildas Hamel for a Zoom presentation in English about the struggle of Breton language to survive throughout the ages up to the 21st century. The Bretons have their own Celtic language, closely related to Welsh and Cornish, and more distantly related to Irish and Scottish Gaelic. Breton is currently the only Celtic language on the European continent. But being incorporated in the very centralized French Republic has gradually reduced the use of the Breton language. Since the 90s, one has witnessed a real renaissance in the teaching and use of the language. One of the reasons for this revival is the strong feeling of belonging to a thousand-year-old culture that motivates Bretons to fight to keep their identity. Through his own experience as enfant du pays breton, Gildas Hamel will tell us the history of his language, which is alive, but still fragile.

This event is free and open to the public and is in English. Click here to register.